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Perform in the Park FAQs


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What kinds of artist/performances are you looking for?

We’re looking for artists and groups with all levels of experience in a wide range of performing arts disciplines, including but not limited to: circus, comedy, dance, fashion, literary arts, magic, music, opera, performance art, puppetry, spoken word and theater, and everything in between! If you have something that you can share that doesn’t fit the aforementioned categories, we encourage you to apply. See below for technical considerations.

Successful applicants should also thrive in an outdoor performance setting. Our park is an open, public space for all ages where sounds and surprises can overlap, and where visitors can stream in and out depending on the space. If you can keep the magic and energy going throughout it all, we want you to apply!

Is Little Island accepting visual art or film submissions?

Currently, we are only focused on applications from performance art disciplines. We encourage visual artists, filmmakers, and artists of non-performance disciplines to click this link to sign up for our mailing list to learn about future opportunities to engage with Little Island.

Can I submit more than one application?

Please only submit one application per artist or group.

Do I have to live in New York City to be considered?

If you do not live in the Greater New York City area but you work predominantly in New York City, or have the ability to travel to Little Island regularly to perform, your application will still be considered.

Why do you need to be 18 or over to apply?

Unfortunately, we are not able accommodate younger artists at this time. We are actively exploring alternative ways to amplify and highlight younger voices throughout our first season. We look forward to inviting youth artists to apply for our submissions series in future seasons.

If someone in my group is under 18, can we still apply?

If your group is legally permitted to employ child performers (see New York Department of Labor Law 12 NYCRR 186) your application will be considered. The child performer and his or her employer are responsible for satisfying their respective requirements under state law. Little Island is not, at this time, in a position to engage child performers directly.

How are applications reviewed and selected?

All eligible applications will be reviewed by a group of panelists which include artists, Little Island staff members, and community partners representing a variety of arts disciplines. Applications will be evaluated in the context of the entirety of our seasonal programming.

Where will work be presented?

Submissions will be considered for presentation as part of our Pop Up Performance series, which highlights the unique surprise and delight of live performance throughout the park, from casual, intimate, and informal spaces across the island to more traditional theater spaces like The Amph, a 687-seat waterfront amphitheater, and The Glade, a more casual setting for up to 200 guests seated on a sloping green lawn.

If accepted, how often would I perform?

Accepted artists may be presented throughout the summer season in many capacities, including pop-up performances and our weekly series offerings, and other performances in The Glade and in The Amph. All artists will be scheduled for at least one performance in the park, with the possibility of additional performance opportunities throughout the season.

Is Little Island accessible?

Little Island is an ADA compliant park and we are committed to providing support and reasonable accommodation to all artists and attendees.

What technical support is provided for performances?

Artists chosen to perform in the park are expected to supply any instruments and other artistic implements needed for their performance. Little Island’s available equipment for this series will be shared with accepted artists prior to the contracting process.

Who should I contact if I have more questions or need assistance/accommodation in submitting my application?

Please contact us at submissions@littleisland.org if you have any questions about the application process.

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